IMPORTANT NOTE: ISO 26000 is a reference document that provides guidance for socially responsible behaviour into the organization. Organizations that implement these social responsibility guidances based on ISO 26000 cannot be certified by certification bodies. Although it is not possible to get an organization certified to ISO 26000, it is possible to implement its guidance and to audit an organization against this guidance. The personnel certifications PECB offers (Lead Implementer and Lead Auditor) serve to fulfil this market need.
The ISO 26000 Auditor certifications are credentials for professionals needing to audit a Social Responsibility (SR) and, in case of the “ISO 26000 Lead Auditor” Certification, able to manage a team of auditors.
The principal competencies and knowledge skills needed by the market are the ability to proficiently plan and perform audits compliant with the guidance framework of the ISO 26000 and to master the audit techniques and to manage (or be part of) audit teams and audit program.
Various professions may apply for this certification:
- Auditor wanting to perform and lead an Social Responsibility (SR) audits as the responsible of an audit team
- Project manager or consultant wanting to master the Social Responsibility audit process
- Person responsible for the Social Responsibility in an organization
- Member of the social responsibility team
- Expert advisor in SR
- Technical expert wanting to prepare for an Social Responsibility audit function
The requirements for “Auditor” certifications are:
|Credential||Exam||Professional experience||MS audit/ assessment experience||Other requirements|
|ISO 26000 Provisional Assessor||PECB Certified ISO 26000 Lead Assessor Exam or equivalent||None||None||Signing the PECB code of ethics|
|ISO 26000 Assessor||PECB Certified ISO 26000 Lead Assessor Exam or equivalent||Two years: One year of social responsibility management work experience||Assessment activities totaling 200 hours||Signing the PECB code of ethics|
|ISO 26000 Lead Assessor||PECB Certified ISO 26000 Lead Assessor Exam or equivalent||Five years: Two years of social responsibility management work experience||Assessment activities totaling 300 hours||Signing the PECB code of ethics|
For certification purposes, the following audit types constitute valid audit experience:If an applicant doesn’t have all requirements to apply for the credentials of ISO 26000 Lead Auditor he/she may apply for the credentials of ISO 26000 Auditor or ISO 26000 Provisional Auditor.
- Gap analysis
- Internal audits
- Second party audits
- Opinion audit
To be considered valid, these audits should follow best audit practices and include most of the following activities:
- Audit planning
- Audit interview
- Managing an audit program
- Drafting audit reports
- Drafting non-conformity reports
- Drafting audit working documents
- Documentation review
- On-Site Audit
- Non-conformity follow-up actions
- Leading a team of auditors
Informations and registration:
Alexandra Niculae, Training Director ENVISO